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Educating by Story-Telling Showing the Value of Story-Telling as an Educational Tool for the Use of All Workers with Children

Educating by Story-Telling
Showing the Value of Story-Telling as an Educational Tool for the Use of All Workers with Children
Title: Educating by Story-Telling Showing the Value of Story-Telling as an Educational Tool for the Use of All Workers with Children
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Title: Educating by Story-Telling

Showing the Value of Story-Telling as an Educational Tool for the Use of All Workers with Children

Author: Katherine Dunlap Cather

Release Date: November 9, 2018 [eBook #58255]

Language: English

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Play School Series
Edited by Clark W. Hetherington



Katherine Dunlap Cather

Author of “Boyhood Stories of Famous Men,”
“Pan and His Pipes and Other Stories,”
“The Singing Clock”

Yonkers-on-Hudson, New York




Established, 1905, by Caspar W. Hodgson

Yonkers-on-Hudson, New York

2126 Prairie Avenue, Chicago

The Play School Series, of which Educatingby Story-Telling is a member, is basedon the work of the Demonstration PlaySchool of the University of California.Breaking away from the traditional ideaof the subjects of study, this school hassubstituted a curriculum of activities—thenatural activities of child life—out ofwhich subjects of study naturally evolve.Succeeding volumes now in active preparationwill relate to the other activitieswhich form the educational basis for thework of the Play School, including Social,Linguistic, Moral, Big-Muscle, Rhythmicand Musical, Environmental and Nature,and Economic Activities. Each volumewill be written by a recognized authorityin the subject dealt with, as the author ofEducating by Story-Telling is in her specialfield.


Copyright, 1918, by World Book Company

All rights reserved



This book has grown out of years of experiencewith children of all ages and all classes, and withparents, teachers, librarians, and Sunday School, socialcenter, and settlement workers. The material comprisingit was first used in something like its presentform in the University of California Summer Session,1914, and since then has been the basis of coursesgiven in that institution, as well as in private classesand lecture work. The author does not claim that itis the final word upon the subject of story-telling, orthat it will render obsolete any one of the several excellentworks already upon the market. But theresponse of children to the stories given and suggested,and the eagerness with which the principlesherein advocated have been received by parents andteachers, have convinced her that the book containscertain features that are unique and valuable to thoseengaged in directing child thought.

Other works have shown in a general way how vasta field is the realm of the narrator, but they have notworked out a detailed plan that the busy mother orteacher can follow in her effort to establish standards,to lead her small charges to an appreciation of thebeautiful in literature and art, and to endow themwith knowledge that shall result in creating a highercode of thought and action. No claim is made thatall the problems of the school and home are solvedin the ensuing pages, and the title, “Educating byStory-Telling,” makes no assumption that story-tellingcan accomplish everything. The author does[iv]assume, however, that when used with wisdom andskill, the story is a powerful tool in the hands of theeducator, and she attempts to indicate how, by thismeans, some portion of drudgery may be eliminatedfrom the schoolroom, and a more pleasurable elementbe put into it. She undertakes to demonstrate howit is possible to intensify the child’s interest in mostof the subjects composing the curriculum, not byadvancing an untried theory, but by traveling along apath that has been found to be a certain road to attainment,not only for the gifted creative teacher, but forthe average ordinary one who is often baffled by thebigness of the problem she has to solve.

Grateful acknowledgment is made for permission touse copyrighted material as follows: to the Whitaker,Ray, Wiggin Company for the story entitled “TheSearch for the Seven Cities” (page 149); to Dr. DavidStarr Jordan and A. C. McClurg & Co. for “The Storyof a Salmon” (page 255) and “The Story of a Stone”(page 331); to the David C. Cook Company for “ThePigeons of Venice” (page 263), “The Duty ThatWasn’t Paid” (page 278), “Wilhelmina’s WoodenShoes” (page 283), “The Luck Boy of Toy Valley”(page 302), and “The Pet Raven” (page 317); and toHenry Holt & Co. for “The Emperor’s Vision”(page 306).

Katherine Dunlap Cather



Author’s Preface iii
Editor’s Introduction ix
Story-Telling and the Arts of
Expression—Establishing Standards
I. The Purpose and Aim of Story-Telling 1
II. The Story Interests of Childhood—A. Rhythmic Period 12
Sources of Story Material for the Rhythmic Period 19
III. The Story Interests of Childhood—B. Imaginative Period 20
Bibliography of Fairy Tales 31
IV. The Story Interests of Childhood—C. Heroic Period 32
Sources of Story Material for the Heroic Period 41
V. The Story Interests of Childhood—D. Romantic Period 42
Sources of Story Material for the Romantic Period 51
VI. Building the Story 52
VII. Telling the Story 58
Books on Story-Telling 68
VIII. Story-Telling to Lead to an Appreciation of Literature 69
Some Authors and Selections That Can Be Presented through the Story-Telling Method 81
Sources of Material to Lead to an Appreciation of Literature 82
IX. Story-Telling to Awaken an Appreciation of Music 83
Illustrative Story, “A Boy of Old Vienna” 89
Sources of Material to Awaken an Appreciation of Music 94
[vi]Pictures to Use in Telling Musical Stories 94
X. Story-Telling to Awaken an Appreciation of Art 95
Artists and Paintings That Can Be Presented to Young Children through the Story-Telling Method 102
Artists and Paintings for Children of the Intermediate Period 103
Artists and Paintings That Lead to Appreciation of the Beautiful and to Respect for Labor 104
Artists and Paintings for the Heroic and Epic Periods 105
Bibliography of Art Story Material 105
Sources for Moderate-Priced Reproductions of Masterpieces 106
XI. Dramatization 107
Pictures Containing Subjects for Dramatization 116
Books and Stories for Use in Dramatic Work with Little Children 116
Bibliography of Material for Dramatization 117
XII. Bible Stories 118
Sources of Material for Bible Stories 131
XIII. Story-Telling and the Teaching of Ethics 132
Stories to Develop or Stamp out Certain Traits and Instincts
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